16 years later: Human skull identified as Oklahoma woman

KIOWA DISTRICT, Okla. (KFOR) – More than 16 years after a human skull was discovered in Kiowa County, officials say they have now identified the victim.

On July 13, 2005, a farmer in Kiowa County called the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office after finding a skull on his land. No other human remains have been found.

“That’s when we were called in to find out who it was and what happened to that person,” said Brook Arbeitman of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

At the time, investigators were only able to identify the skull as belonging to an 18- to 29-year-old woman. They also determined that she had been dead for 3 to 20 years.

Over the years, officials created a reconstruction of the face and used DNA analysis to compare it with other missing women in Oklahoma.

Skull reconstruction ‘Kiowa Jane Doe’ by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

She is known as ‘Kiowa Jane Doe.’

In September 2021, the University of North Texas informed the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that a DNA profile finally matched the skull.

“DNA was a thing in 2005, but as time goes on, even in DNA science there have been advances. You can work with increasingly small samples and use different databases to help identify people,” says Arbeitman. “We worked with UNT to help extract a viable DNA sample from the skull to help identify her.”

Now, almost 20 years later, OSBI investigators are identifying ‘Kiowa Jane Doe’.

Rebecca Boyd
Rebecca Jean Boyd, OSBI

“Kiowa Jane Doe has a name. She is Rebecca Jean Boyd and she has a family that loves and misses her,” said Ricky Adams, Director of OSBI. “We are delighted that Rebecca’s family has supported her and was able to give her a worthy burial. Now our Cold Case Unit will determine how she ended up in that area and who is responsible. ”

Rebecca Jean Boyd was last seen in Lawton on July 26, 2002.

Boyd has lived in Muskogee with a relative but is known to have traveled to the Lawton area to see family.

“She was last seen a few days before she was reported missing by her then-husband, with whom they were divorced at the time. They met and when he did not hear from her, other relatives did not hear from her for several days, he reported her missing. That was in July 2002,” Arbeitman said.

Rebecca Boyd
Rebecca Boyd, OSBI

She is 29 years old and a mother of two young children.

“I can’t imagine 16 years going by without knowing what happened to your mother, not knowing where she is,” Arbeitman said. “It’s hard because you know she’s gone. But at least now they have an answer… We’ll try to find out how she died. ”

If you have any information about the disappearance of Rebecca Jean Boyd, please contact OSBI at 800-522-8017 or tips@osbi.ok.gov. You can stay anonymous.

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